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Rafter J Bar Ranch Campground

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12325 Rafter J-Bar Road, Hill City, SD 57745
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed at the campground in the camping cabins. The cabins themselves were very clean and well situated. The bathhouse/restrooms were very clean, brightly lit and well located in each area. The campgrounds were kept clean. The office was open and stocked many needed staples, including firewood, ice and other goods. The pool was heated and well maintained. The kids... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After a three week trip out west this was one of our favorite campsites. It is convenient to all the local attractions. The bathrooms and laundry facilities are very clean. The sites are spacious and it is a beautiful, wooded campground that feels like you are truly camping in the woods. We would definitely stay here again!

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Denver, Colorado
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ask for a site way in the back unless you need pull through - the ones in the front are more like a parking lot for big Class A's. We abutted the property line where the forest starts and it was very nice. Bathhouse could use a remodel but was basically clean and there was a laundry room that we... More 

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed for four nights and really enjoyed ourselves. The ranch has everything you need: clean showers and restrooms; pool; grassy areas for walking the dog; views; easy access to Hill City and Mt Rushmore; and a wonderfully stocked camp store with surprisingly reasonable pricing (a bottle of Full Throttle wine was $4 less at the camp store than in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stayed in the cabins. The bathrooms were impressively clean, as were the showers. I could barely keep the kids out of the heated pool. Even the other campers were almost uniformly friendly. Cabins were clean and the beds were very comfortable. No air conditioning, but good ceiling fans with plenty of well-screened Windows amd cool nights meant that sleeping... More 

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colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stayed here one night. The place is HUGE!! Very friendly staff. Well maintained pool area. We were unable to connect to the wi-fi. We had a site with no sewer, but they have a dump station on site. Close to Hill City.

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Louisa, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The campground is beautiful and centrally located. The sites are shady with plenty of room. The only problem I had was with the wifi. I was never able to connect. This might not be a concern for some people, but it was a huge problem for my 16 year old.

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Toledo, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first time staying at this campground, and I chose it because of reviews on trip advisor. Let's just say the reviewers were right...it was an awesome campground! Sites were wooded and spacious. Pool was huge and the kids loved the hot tub as well (especially with the mountains in the background). Overall, we had a great experience... More 

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Waterford, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We will be back and bringing friends!!! With all the crowded campgrounds around this area, we found a hidden gem right in the heart of the tourist frenzy! This used to be a ranch that has been converted into a campground, so it is expansive without being the slightest bit crowded. There are multiple areas to pick from and you... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The campground matched the website. We were glad we chose Rafter J as it looked like the best one in the area. We had problems with our tow vehicle and they were able to give us an extra night while it was being repaired & one of their employees even gave us a ride into town to pick it up... More 

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